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Autumn Gold Willowleaf Sunflower

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All that glitters is gold with ‘Autumn Gold’ Willowleaf Sunflower, which blankets the late season garden in a sea of vibrant yellow blooms. The mounding form features upright stems covered with whorls of narrow leaves, and absolutely bursting with flowers. Willowleaf Sunflowers provide an important late season food source for bees, butterflies, and birds. Attractive foliage and profuse blooms make this an excellent choice for late summer to fall bloom make this an excellent addition to native and naturalized planting.
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Botanical Name
Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' PP30117
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Container Planting
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-26" tall
Bloom Time
Fall to frost


Hardy and handsome ‘Autumn Gold’ Willowleaf Sunflower (Helianthus salicifolius PP30117) blooms from late summer until frost, with a dense carpet of 2-inch flowers with yellow rays and dark brown center cones. The species Helianthus salicifolius has a native range in the central United States in the Great Plains and Ozark Plateau including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. It performs best in average, well-drained soil and full sun, though this adaptable native plant is tolerant of wide range of soil conditions. In partial shade, the plants may be leggy and more open, with reduced flowering, and may require staking.

'Autumn Gold' is a compact, mound-forming selection that originated from the plant H. salicifolius 'Low Down'. Mature plants form dense clumps, but 'Autumn Gold' does not reliably self-seed. It pairs perfectly with Asters and ornamental grasses for stunning late-season combinations in gardens and meadowscapes. The foliage is reminiscent of willow leaves, which contributes to the plant’s common name.